Tag Archives: Computer Aided Language Learning

Ch..ch..ch..ch..changes!

It was time.  A time for a change…..of theme.  One thing that struck me was the fact that the previous WordPress theme  I used was not so kind to mobile devices,  at least when I looked at the mobile view my theme Ambiru had offered.

The downside is that my pictures are now grainy, so gotta get a new image up sometime. So stay tuned.

The moral of this story: be kind to the smartphone user, they are the future!

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Are flashcards effective? フラッシュカードで語彙を覚えるかどうか


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MAJ: Best Moodle Innovation Award ベスト・ムードル・イノベーション賞について

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Peter Parise‘s insight:

Planning to go to this conference. Hope to learn a lot since I am new to Moodle.

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The Ultimate Guide To Infographics | Edudemic

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An excellent guide to Infographics: a blend of data and design to presnet information in a visual form. This appoach is a more accesable way to communicate because, as Mark Smiciklas, author of the book The Power of Infographics: Using Pictures to Communicate and Connect with Your Audiences, states; vision accounts for 50% of the brains functions.

What I like about this article is the discussion about its applications for education with some links to how to apply it in your classroom.

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Michael Stout’s Blog-For students and teachers: Vocabulary Flashcards

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Michael Stouts online resource for his own students using a flaschard app. Perfect example of a teacher using blogging for delivering class material.

See on mrstoutsblog.blogspot.fr

Corpora Info Page

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Corpora- Text Corpora list.

A listserve for conferences, publications, programs, recent corpora, and other resources.

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The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs Competition | Foreign …

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Interesting post here, there is a top 100  Language Learning Blog Competition, and this is one of the nominees.

Foreign Language Education in the 21st Century has been nominated in in this year’s Lexophile/bab.la Top 100 Language Lovers 2012 competition again. Thank you, whovever is ‘responsible’ 🙂 for this. Please click on this …

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Data visualization discovery: potential for classroom/ CALL use!

Data visualization discovery: potential for classroom/ CALL use!

Work and employment is one topic of discussion. But one way to present the topic in a CALL environment would be to have students use this handy post I discovered on  the BBC news site comparing work hours. One idea here would be to have students enter the number of days they work if they have a job, or if they don’t work they could enter the data of someone they know (parent, friend, etc.) or maybe their “ideal” work hours.  Then they could talk about their work situation, make comparisons with other countries and/or other students situations. You can also access the related article about Who gets the most time off? for more discussion material.

I recommend giving this a try yourself!

But would this be appropriate in some cultures to talk about their occupation with others? For North Americans is fine but for other countries it might be taboo. What do you think?

The “March” of Time….. and a new academic year “Springs” into action!

For those who live outside of Japan, one thing I would like you to know is that we start the new year in the Spring. In fact not only school but anyone starting a new job usually gets under way from April 1st. Everyone’s life seems to restart in April, just in time for the cherry blossoms…..There is talk about changing over to starting in September like the rest of the world, but if we did that the symbolism would be lost…

So much for poetry…. on with the nitty gritty…

I will be moving on from Rikkyo University to be to serve as a trainer for teacher development in Kanagawa prefecture to teach elementary, junior high and high school teachers language teaching techniques and cultural awareness.

It is a fresh start for me, and one that has a lot of potential and a lot of challenges too. Where can I take my research from here?

At Rikkyo the concepts of  fluency development, vocabulary and syntactic priming, vocabulary development, and using data visualisation became part of my research and teaching practice. Even though we had a very specific teaching approach, I felt Rikkyo supported me in my research interests and will always feel a great deal of gratitude for the Discussion Center and the staff there. There is a real community of teachers, and I really felt supported. If you get a chance to teach there by all means take advantage of it.

With Kanagawa I will hope to bring what I have learned to public school teachers, but also I hope to be an example of someone who can be enthusiastic about teaching. Interesting things are falling into place and I hope I can make a worthwhile contribution.

Workshop at JALT CALL 2010, and you can join the fun too!

Hello everybody,

Just wanted to give you notice that I will be giving a workshop at the JALT CALL 2010. (Thats the Japan Association of Language Teachers Computer Assisted Language Learning conference in case you don’t live in Japan)

The title of this workshop is devoted to one internet tool Wordle, created by Johnathan Feinberg.   I am offering this here make teachers in Japan aware of its potential. We will create some word clouds in the lab and group brainstorm ideas on applying them in the classroom.

You too can witness the action because I am presenting this via Google Docs Presentation software, which can allow users to see the presentation online!

here is the link to the presentation.

I will be giving this on Sunday, May 30th at from 9:30 am to 11 am Japan time.  I look forward to your participation.